REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Glowing tribute as ministry of health staff sign condolence book for the late President Mwai Kibaki

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Tuesday led the Ministry of Health fraternity in mourning the death of the third President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Emilio Mwai Kibaki who passed away on 22nd April 2022.
Speaking during the signing of the condolence book at Afya House Ground floor, the CS eulogized Kibaki as a selfless leader who accomplished much for his country.
“Many who worked with him here, majority of whom have of course retired, and those of us who met him during his presidency knew him as a selfless leader who fully dedicated himself to the people’s wellbeing,” said Kagwe.
The CS acknowledged the role the late retired President played in laying the foundation for the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage in the country through advocating for the first approval of GOK funds in parliament to support and enhance Primary Health Care.
“Today, we reap the benefits of this as we work towards achieving UHC with Primary Healthcare as the cornerstone of UHC. PHC is now more crucial than ever before to tackle the double burden of disease and laying a foundation for sustainable health programs,” said the CS.
Former President Mwai Kibaki served as Minister for Health between 1988 and 1991 where he introduced the Health Sector Reforms Secretariat at the Ministry of Health Headquarters. It is this secretariat that introduced the cost sharing program where funds realized by a Health facility would be reused to purchase essential Commodities and 50% of it sent to treasury. The main objective of the policy was to encourage increased cost recovery from users of public health facilities to generate additional revenue and augment the financing of the underfunded nonwage recurrent expenditure items, reduce excessive use of services, improve functioning of referral systems and improve access and quality of care by the poor to health services. The rationale was to charge those who made most use of the curative care and those most able to pay and channel the subsidies to those least able to pay. The programme was part of a comprehensive health financing strategy which also included social insurance, efficiency measures, and private sector development.
Some of his other achievements in the health sector includes:
1. The approval of resources for the construction of KUTRRH whose foundation he laid in 1989.
2. The opening of the 1st ICU at Coast Provincial General Hospital, paving way for other provincial Hospitals to introduce ICUs in 1990.
3. The transformation of Kenyatta National Hospital to full autonomy. As a result, all the staff of KNH were transferred to the institution, meaning even the staff pension was transferred from public service to the KNH provident Fund. KNH was further regraded from Parastatal type D to type B from July 1990 which improved salaries by 2 grades higher than public service.
4. The lobbying for funds to support HIV program through Global funds in 1990.
On Monday, the Cabinet Secretary, joined President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders in paying homage to the former leader as his body lies in state within Parliament Buildings in the capital, Nairobi. The late president will be buried on Saturday, April 30, at his Othaya Home, next to his late wife Mama Lucy Kibaki.
May His soul Rest in Peace.